Random Musings for the Armed Citizen

 

With “Permitless” Carry taking effect in my home state of Texas September 1st  I had some thoughts:

One of the things I learned very early on when I started carrying a gun for self-defense was that I needed to adpot a mentality of Avoidance, Deterrence and De-Escalation if I wanted to stay vertical and out of prison.

  • Avoid Dangerous places and Stupid People

  • Deter Criminal Behavior with Acute and Constant Situational Awareness

  • De-Escalate heated situations with an apology and submissive behavior (Tuck your Ego and Temper In. Be the bigger man and Squash a Verbal altercations with an apology and move on.)

 

Most all of you know I am NOT a fan of Open Carry.

If you are going to carry a gun for self-defense, go concealed or don’t go at all.

The reasoning is simple: SURPRISE is one of the biggest advanatges the armed citizen has against a criminal, especially now in Texas when the odds are very high that every person that a criminal comes into contact with MAY BE armed!

Once the criminal knows a gun is involved it changes things dramatically.

It can work FOR the armed citizen (the deterrence factor) or it can work AGAINST them.

Just remember: EVERY altercation you are going to be involved in there will be a GUN present, YOURS!

For this reason I am a Firm believer in the armed citizen getting solid Weapon Retention Training.

Going along with the Concealment MO, you might re-consider your blade carry as well.

A pocket Clip folder is handy but it is also noticeable.

Instead, go for a horizontal fixed blade belt carry.

Lot of great options out there like the Cinch Pick.

Something to chew on.

Stay Alert, Armed and Dangerous.

The Five Worst Guns for Self-Defense

The Five Worst Guns for Self-Defense

Some practical common sense advice.

If you are going to carry a gun to protect your life and the life of your loved one’s, don’t be a cheap idiot: spend the money for a quality firearm and some quality training!

 

Breaking Contact (Part I)

Good Stuff.
Prepare Now or Pay the Undertaker Later.

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CCW Safe is doing a series about our ultimate goal in Personal Protection. I am happy that I have been able to make a contribution to the literature of our Art.

Our goal in personal protection is to force a break in contact [with a criminal attacker]. We want them to go away, or we want to go away. One or the other.

https://ccwsafe.com/blog/breaking-contact-pt-1

This philosophical fundamental is the true meaning of “Get off the X” for the Private Citizen. Sidestepping or whatever method is taught to get off the X isn’t the end or even the important part of the process. Forcing the attacker to withdraw or making our escape is the end objective.

It’s nothing new. Military units have probably been doing this since before the Roman Empire existed. It’s easily overlooked at the moment of an incident, though. For some folks, escaping is a natural response but…

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If You Carry a Gun, Carry it Loaded!

As a Wise Man once said, an Unloaded Gun is nothing but a Club.

Keep a Round in the Pipe!

The Bad Guy is not going to give you a “time out” to charge your weapon!

Stay Alert, Armed and Dangerous!

 

The Armed Citizen Corner: The B.J. Baldwin Story

If you carry a gun for self-defense or are considering carrying one in the future, you need to watch this.

B.J. Baldwin is one of the foremost Professional off-road racer’s in the World, having won 5 US National Off-Road Racing Titles, 3 SCORE International Titles and 3 Baja Championships.

But starting around 15:17  B.J. begins talking about an incident that occurred in 2020 where an individual tried to murder him and his girlfriend in a parking lot in Las Vegas. It did not turn out well for the perp.

Just a little background: Besides being a Professional off-road racer, B.J. is widely known and respected in the firearms and self-defense tactics world. He trains with some of the best names out there (Steve Tarani to name just one) and him and his girlfriend, Tori Nonaka compete professionally in firearms competitions worldwide.

Read about the incident HERE.

 

Stay Alert, Armed and Dangerous!